Chandra X-ray observatory observations of the globular cluster M28 and its millisecond pulsar PSR B1821-24

Martin C. Weisskopf, Werner Becker, Douglas A. Swartz, George G. Pavlov, Ronald F. Elsner, Jonathan Grindlay, Roberto Mignani, Allyn F. Tennant, Don Backer, Luigi Pulone, Vincenzo Testa

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Abstract

We discuss the results of the first Chandra X-Ray Observatory observations of the globular cluster M28 (NGC 6626). We detect 46 X-ray sources of which 12 lie within one core radius of the center. We measure the radial distribution of the X-ray sources and fit it to a, King profile finding a core radius of r c,x ≈ 11″. We measure for the first time the unconfused phase-averaged X-ray spectrum of the 3.05-ms pulsar B1821-24 and find it is best described by a, power law with photon index Γ ≃ 1.2. We find marginal evidence of an emission line centered at 3.3 keV in the pulsar spectrum, which could be interpreted as cyclotron emission from a corona above the pulsar's polar cap if the magnetic field is strongly different from a centered dipole. We present a spectral analyses of the brightest unidentified source and suggest that it is a transiently accreting neutron star in a low-mass X-ray binary, in quiescence. In addition to the resolved sources, we detect fainter, unresolved X-ray emission from the central core.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-571
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Volume132
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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    Weisskopf, M. C., Becker, W., Swartz, D. A., Pavlov, G. G., Elsner, R. F., Grindlay, J., Mignani, R., Tennant, A. F., Backer, D., Pulone, L., & Testa, V. (2004). Chandra X-ray observatory observations of the globular cluster M28 and its millisecond pulsar PSR B1821-24. Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, 132, 566-571. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nuclphysbps.2004.04.095